Thumbs, Toes, And Tears

And Other Traits That Make Us Human

by Chip Walter

Hardcover, 256 pages, St Martins Pr, List Price: $25.95 |


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And Other Traits That Make Us Human
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Drawing on complexity theory, new brain scanning techniques, and the latest scientific research, a fascinating look at what makes us human identifies six traits—the big toe, an opposable thumb, the pharynx, and the ability to laugh, cry, and kiss—that separate us from the other members of the animal kingdom.

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